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Rihanna Teases ‘Work’ Music Video

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On this week’s Billboard Hot 100, “Work” sits at No. 4, rising from No. 7. With that, Rihanna scores her 20th Top 5 single. She’s now tied with Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. The all-time leader is The Beatles with 29 Top 5 hits.

No doubt when the music video for “Work” drops Monday, it’ll boost its chart performance. It might even reach pole position.

The 27-year-old singer just dropped a teaser ahead of the clip’s release. From the looks of it, expect plenty of scenes of Rihanna and Drake grinding up on each other. Check out the preview below.

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Rihanna Cancels Grammys Performance At Last Minute

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If you tuned in to watch the Grammys on CBS solely to watch Rihanna, you’re out of luck. The 27-year-old singer showed up at rehearsals earlier today but canceled her scheduled performance at the last minute due to health issues. Reportedly, RiRi was to perform “Kiss It Better” off her recently released album, Anti. Her rep issued the following statement.

“Based on Rihanna‘s examination, after Grammy rehearsal today, Rihanna‘s doctor put her on vocal rest for 48-hours because she was at risk of hemorrhaging her vocal chords,” her rep stated. The antibiotics she has been on for 3-days did not kill the infection adequately therefore she cannot perform safely.”

I have to say I’m surprised Rihanna had issues with her vocal chords. During a Lionel Richie tribute at the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year event this past weekend, the “Work” singer slayed her cover of Richie’s hit, “Say You, Say Me.” Watch that performance below.

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Rihanna Work: Video Teasers & Phantoms Remix

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After releasing some rather pedestrian offerings leading up to Anti, Rihanna finally delivered a smash with “Work.” Not surprising, given the fact every time she hooks up with Drake, they conjure up magic. “What’s My Name?” and “Take Care” rank up there as my favorites from each artist.

Work” debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. No doubt when the accompanying video drops, it’ll propel the single higher on the chart. RiRi took to Snapchat last night to share a few teasers for the clip. It appears it’s shot at a bar with plenty of booty-shaking. Can’t wait to see it in full.

In other “Work”-related news, LA based duo Phantoms dropped a killer remix for the track. If possible, it’s even slinkier and sexier than before. Check it out below, along with the vid teasers.

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They couldn’t work it out romantically, but professionally speaking, it’s always money when these two get together. Ka-ching!!!

Rihanna and Drake previously worked on the smash hits, “What’s My Name” and “Take Care.” Not surprisingly, their latest collaboration is pure magic. “Work” is an island-tinged mid-tempo track that makes me want to book a ticket to the Caribbean stat. The rhythmic chill vibe is perfect to listen to while soaking up the sun.

It’s been a year since RiRi dropped “FourFiveSeconds,” which was supposed to be the lead cut off her eighth studio album. Apparently, “Work” is now the confirmed lead single now. I supposed with Kanye West no longer producing ANTI, Rihanna wanted to start fresh. Can’t say I blame her. “Work” is light years better than “FourFiveSeconds.”

The accompanying visual should drop in the next couple of days. The pair were seen filming it earlier this month in Los Angeles. Give their latest duet a whirl below.

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There’s no denying Coldplay is fantastic. They’ve delivered some memorable hits over the years, “Viva La Vida,” being my favorite.

When the British group was announced as the headliners for the Super Bowl 50 Half-time Show, there were some who feared they weren’t flashy enough for the annual event. Love them, but the criticism has some merit. It appears, the Chris Martin-lead group is adding a little spice to their highly-anticipated show.

“Chris and his band know they’re not typically as showy as recent performers like Katy Perry and Madonna with all the dancers and, while they love a light show, they still want to bring a few surprises out,” a Super Bowl “insider” told The Daily Mirror. “Beyoncé and Rihanna are both keen to join in the high-profile ceremony and will add just the spark needed to make it an amazing and unforgettable show.”

It’s not far-fetched for both Rihanna or Beyonce to join them on stage. RiRi appeared on their 2011 track “Princess of China,” while Queen B recently collaborated with them on “Hymn For The Weekend” off their latest LP, A Head Full of Dreams.

Do you think Rihanna and Beyonce are good choices to add some flash to the show? Or do you think Coldplay should enlist other surprise cameos? Weigh in below. Super Bowl 50 airs on CBS on February 7, 2016.

Sia Debuts Rihanna Reject ‘Cheap Thrills’ In Full

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The Aussie’s vault of rejected songs is a treasure trove of potential smashes. Everything I’ve heard off her forthcoming album, This Is Acting, including the Adele rejected “Alive” and “Bird Set Free” has been fantastic. The latest is no exception.

This time around, Sia shares a track originally intended for Rihanna. You can definitely tell the 39-year-old songwriter had RiRi on her mind when she penned “Cheap Thrills.” The tropical mid-tempo vibe is totally up Rihanna’s alley.

RiRi was a fool to discard this gem. IMHO, it’s better than anything the “Bitch Better Have My Money” singer has released this year. Don’t take my opinion for it. Give it a listen below.

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Jordan Roseman aka DJ Earworm released his first original track weeks ago, but today he returned to his bread and butter. His annual United State of Pop video mashup, highlighting the top hits of the year, is hands down my favorite. Typically, he chooses the top 25 tracks based off the Billboard charts. This year, he went a step further and mashed up the 50 biggest hits.

The five-minute masterpiece titled “50 Shades of Pop” is “more eclectic mix than it was five years ago,” Earworm explains to Billboard about the diversity of tunes that blew up the charts this year. With that being said, Taylor Swift has a whopping four tracks in the mix. Close behind is The Weekend with three. Other artists with multiple offerings are Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Fetty Wap, Meghan Trainor and Ed Sheeran.

He even made room for Adele’s massive late 2015 entry, “Hello.” If you hated this year’s song of the summer, fear not, OMI’s “Cheerleader” is only shown/heard briefly. Check out this year’s offering below. It’s his best one in recent memory.

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Rihanna was set to headline the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, but it appears that’s not the case anymore. The lingerie brand announced that Ellie Goulding is in and RiRi is out. The “On My Mind” singer will join previously announced performers The Weeknd and Selena Gomez.

People‘s sources reveal Rihanna canceled her appearance to finish up her album. Ummmm, I’m sorry but that sounds like major BS. So far, the “Bitch Better Have My Money” singer’s forthcoming eighth studio album has been a hot mess. That’s what you get when you enlist Kanye West to executive produce your project.

If that’s the true reason why Rihanna canceled, it’s just rude. The annual extravaganza tapes in New York next week. Producers must’ve been frantic trying to find a replacement. Thankfully they did. Goulding will slay it. Too bad producers didn’t have more time. They probably would’ve incorporated a bondage theme if Ellie sang her Fifty Shades of Grey track, “Love Me Like You Do.”

What do you think of this last minute change? Weigh in below.

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